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MAHealth Policy, Planning and Financing

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Our program is a unique initiative in Central and Eastern Europe: it offers basic knowledge similar to that in programs in Western Europe, but in addition it also prepares students to apply their knowledge and specific analytical skills in the context of middle-income countries.
The Specialization in Health Economics, launched in English, offers multi-disciplinary expertise and a problemoriented approach. Such knowledge and skills will remain relevant in the long run and help graduates understand and analyse key issues of future health systems, such as: efficiency of health technologies, sustainability of health financing, and techniques to measure and influence the performance of health care systems.
The Master Program enables graduates to understand the complexities of health care systems both at macro and micro levels and to perform tasks in analysis, planning, financing and management of health technologies, health care services and health systems. We expect applicants from foreign countries who would like to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in the areas mentioned above with a special focus on applicability in emerging markets. Foreign students studying at Hungarian medical universities may choose to combine their medical degree with the degree offered by our program. A master degree in English can also be an attractive option for Hungarian students, given increasing international co-operation in several areas of health care.
The program includes an optional internship module. The MSc internship gives students the opportunity to apply the concepts and technical skills they have mastered during the first two semesters:
The duration of the internship is 160 hours.
It can be completed at pharmaceutical companies, government agencies (including the Ministry of Health and the National Health Insurance Fund Administration), health care organisations, consulting companies, commercial insurance companies and research institutions.
Students have to prepare an internship report.

Strength of program:
Our faculty members have an exceptional combination of international work experience at multinational public and private organizations (e.g. OECD, Novartis in Basel, University of Sheffield, Erasmus University Rotterdam), research and teaching both abroad and in Hungary. Our faculty members serve as policy advisors to global health care corporations, public decision-makers and international professional societies (e.g. International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research).
The MSc program also benefits from the experiences of the members of the International Advisory Board. Our international exposure guarantees the transferability of knowledge and skills learned here to different health care systems and technologies.
International Advisory Board (IAB)
The International Advisory Board was set up in 2010 with the purpose of helping the DHPE to meet international standards in its programs and extend its international relationships. Members of the IAB are also to contribute to the education of the master program.

Leading professor of the program:
Dr. Zoltán Vokó
Zoltán Kaló

Career opportunities

The master’s program prepares students for career positions in both the private and public sectors. This includes health administration (e.g., health ministries, local governments, health insurance organizations, etc.), manufacturers and retailers of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, public and private health care providers, voluntary health insurance funds, commercial insurance companies, non-profit organizations, educational and research institutions, as well as the media.

Job examples:
Policy advisor in the ministry of health; market access manager at an international pharmaceutical company; analyst at a health technology analysis institute; manager at a health fund; strategic director at a health insurance company

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States